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What is School to Work?

The School to Work (S2W) program is a Victorian Government initiative which aims to address skill shortages, identify short-term and long-term training opportunities for young people and feed information back to education providers about skills employers will need from employees in the future.

The S2W Program is delivered by the 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) across the state and funded by the Victorian Department of Education (DE). The Hume Whittlesea LLEN works with local employers, government, catholic and independent secondary schools to:

  • Work collaboratively with employers to source placements for students studying VET or VCAL that could potentially lead to an apprenticeship or full -time employment

  • Train teachers and prepare students on industry demands and employer expectations

  • Make teachers and students aware of those elements that add value to employers and their business

  • Update and maintain the SWL Statewide Portal by ensuring all advertised placements are current and taken up by students

  • Identify local industry needs and priorities.

How School to Work works

School to Work is on-the-job training during which a student studying VET or VCAL is expected to master a set of skills or competencies, such as job readiness skills including time management, being reliable, communicating effectively, willingness to learn, problem-solving as well as work related technical skills.


Students search and apply for placements through the S2W Statewide Portal. This is an online resource on which all LLENs across the State advertise quality placement opportunities sourced with local employers. It enables employers to define the tasks and duties students could experience in the workplace, along with the skills students may develop. The portal can

be accessed through the following link

Benefits for teachers and students

Training and workshops provided by the S2W coordinators:

  • Improve knowledge and understanding of changing work environments

  • Enable VET and VCAL staff to increase their confidence in the use of the S2W portal and in sourcing quality S2W placements for their students

  • Improve the capacity of students to successfully approach employers and apply for placements.

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Benefits to employers

Being involved in School to Work enables businesses to:

  • Attract young people to their industry

  • Help young people to become job ready and develop a realistic understanding of the expecta- tions of employers

  • Potentially recruit new pre-skilled employees at a potentially lower cost to the business

  • Develop staff capability through coaching and mentoring young people

  • Raise the profile of businesses in the community and add value to their business.

Benefits of School to Work placements

  • Build resilience and self confidence in students, especially in the workplace

  • Increase opportunities for networking with employers while on placement

  • Facilitate a useful pathway to future employment and economic well-being.

For more information please contact:

Structured Workplace Learning  


Christine Panagiotou                                              Dr Kostas Tsingas

Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator              Structured Workplace Learning Officer

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Office:  0435 653 912                                            Office:  0435 653 912


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